Originally Posted by pioneercrazed
I just feel like I can spend 400 on a receiver plus video chip which would then allow me to recoup some funds selling my pre/pro; or spend 400 on the DVDO alone. I've still got to do more research on the DVDO because it looks like it has a lot of features that could prove useful.
A few days ago it was 349 at the same place but has gone up in price. Guess the Holiday deals are going away do to the increase in spending this year.
I wouldn't recommend using a low end rec. as a audio processor. You have separates and will take a hit with audio going lower-end. I also have a Parasound amp (older 5 channel demo unit that I scored for $650 bucks several years ago) and use a Boston Acoustics rec. that doesn't have any amp. Before I had the Boston Acoustics rec. I used a mid-range Yamaha rec. with amp. While the Parasound amp made the Yamaha sound better/stronger (used pre-outs) it still didn't come close to matching what the Boston Acoustic rec. did when hooked up to the Parasound amp. So don't shoot yourself in the foot and upgrade your video while downgrading your audio.
Also, the video processors in these mid-low end rec. are not all that great, Denon is the exception. So while you might get a "deal" so to speak, you'll get the best video if you upgrade to the DVDO Edge. Then look for an older/used 5.1 rec. which has the best audio performance. After all, that's the whole reason for going separates anyway - so you can get the best out of your gear and upgrade just the parts that are needed.
My Boston Acoustic rec. doesn't have HDMI but I don't care and will probably own it for many years to come (10+ years). Sure it would be nice to have a rec. that supports the newer audio formats (DTS-HD MA) but for movies I don't think there will be a huge improvement over DTS. At least not enough for me to drop a grand (or more) to upgrade to a rec. that has similar audio performance but with additional audio format support. And most material only has 5.1 audio channels so I don't see a need to upgrade for additional audio channels either. I really wish more people would go separates. And if they don't mind going used then they can build a audio theater system for pretty much the same cost as a mid-end system. But the audio quality will be much better. Of course, you have to get the wife acceptance factor (if they have one) since good speakers and subs are big. Never understood why people would spend more for smaller speakers that sound like crap or have limited range. Go figure.